some of my friends at Neowin werent happy with the whole titlebar on left idea.
But i was just stretching my arms there.
Here im merging my concept (tweaking it : squaring everything) for my earlier metro desktop app concept.
Merging the two so desktop seems like an extention of Metro. In a way Metro for mouse and keyboard.
And IMO its fresh clean minimal and more consistent than Aero.
Also no time on notification area as charms menu reveal a big time tile on the lower left as all DP users know. And no start button. This concept will have the search bar i designed some time ago to search for apps or files within the desktop area.
Background Information This is a concept I made based on Microsoft's Metro UI. This concept brings Metro to the desktop and includes something I would love to see in future versions of Windows.
Windows - Social Sidebar A Social Sidebar has been integrated into the desktop, which can be shown or hidden by clicking on the gradient strip on the right-hand side of the sidebar. When opened, you can easily view and interact with any social network you choose. I left Twitter selected as an example. I feel that this would be something nearly every Windows user would make good use of.
Windows - Taskbar The taskbar is mostly the same, and you would have the option to combine applications and hide labels ala Windows 7. I just feel that the expanded text view would better match the Metro design. The Photoshop picture popup represents the preview of that particular window, I left it blank in this concept.
Steam - General Information Also included in this concept is a Metro version of Valve's Steam platform. It basically takes all it's cues from the Zune Software by Microsoft, and follows the exact same design.
Steam - Friends List The friends list is a little mashup of my own that uses a mini picture that the Zune Software uses for the album art to show your friend's avatars. I tried to integrate the side gradient in a feasible way by putting it behind your information making it easily recognized and discernible from your friends.
Steam - Chat Window The chat window is fairly simple, and has the options Steam currently has built-in. You can toggle between multiple conversations by selecting the name of the friend you would like to chat with in the titlebar.
It took a lot of time to make this concept, but I feel that I did a decent job accomplishing my goal; bringing Metro to the desktop while keeping usability in-tact.
Note: Those tweets are not real, regardless of how much I wish they were.
It's been awhile, and it likely will be for my next upload, but this is more or less the top to bottom concept of what the 'Focus' text editor would be.
Continuing the "Metro Across Windows" series, this version pushes more of the options into separate windows, which are found through the circle icons seen throughout the Windows Phone OS. The UI would be rather clean, and quite bright, as well as keep you focused on your work at hand.
Anyone have any suggestions for improvement on this? I'm a little worried of the complexity of windows over everything in the main window, though I understand the complexity of showing too much on screen, part of the reason I think the 'Ribbon' is overkill for Windows Live products.